Wellington, FL - Taking young horses to the top levels of the sport is proving to be Sahar Daniel Hirosh’s strong suit, as the Israeli rider is currently campaigning four successful youngsters on the prestigious Florida winter dressage circuit at a variety of levels, from the USEF 4-year-old Test to the Intermediate B. Due to Hirosh’s balanced approach to both mental and physical training, his mounts are showing poise and professionalism well beyond their years as they bring in big scores under his guidance. During the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 National Show and CDI-W, Hirosh rode into the arena on three horses owned by Dr. Phillip and Lisa Grossi. The elegant D’Esprit Joli, a 4-year-old Hanoverian mare by Decaprio and out of Donna Schufro, swept the USEF 4-year-old division in her debut performance with a score of 79.40%. The mare received an 8.5 and 8.3 for her walk and canter, as well as an 8 for general impression. During the next week’s competition, D’Espirt Joli and Hirosh again won the USEF 4-year-old class with a score of 76.60%.
The 6-year-old Oldenburg stallion Classy Sinclair, also know as Scamp, took the win during week 10 on both Thursday and Saturday in Fourth Level Test 1 with scores of 69.286% and 68.714%. (add in some scores, quotes from judge). Scamp’s dam, the Rhinelander mare Sacro Santa, is also one of Hirosh’s rising stars; she put in an impressive debut in the Intermediate B a few weeks back for a score of 69.048 with 8’s on their passage and trot work. The Sandro Hit mare came to Hirosh 6 years ago with only 60 days undersaddle, and Scamp as a foal at her side. Since then the two have blossomed under Hirosh’s training to impressive scores on the rated circuit.
Hirosh’s fourth mount of the season, a dark bay gelding named Aragon owned by Francis Murphy, continued to improve in the Prix St. Georges. During week 11 at the Adquan Global Dressage Festival, the pair scored steadily into the upper 60’s, and in the fall of 2013 Aragon and Hirosh won their Fourth Level class at the Dressage at Devon CDI. Hirosh, who took the horse in without any real goals of FEI level competition, concedes that Aragon’s attitude is what makes it easy to ride him to success. “Aragon has been amazing this season in the Prix St. Georges,” he said. “He always gives me 100% of himself, I am so proud of him.
“It is really a journey to bring a young horse to the show arena, and I am so grateful to their owners for supporting us and to my team for making it all possible,” said Hirosh. “I could not live this dream without the help of my friends, owners and clients: Lisa and Phillip Grossi, Victoria McCullough, Randi Leoni, Allyn Maix from Choice of Champions, Francis Murphy, and Alexander and Lily Zilo for allowing me to spend the winters at their incredible facility, Windsor Stables in Wellington.”
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